NAPW Sacramento July Chapter Meeting

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Sharon Darrow, President, meets every month with other NAPW members to network and discuss business ideas and to inspire each other.

while the Sacramento Group was the first local chapter, the movement is now underway across the country

The Sacramento Chapter met on July 13, Sharon Darrow, President, opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. She explained, "while the Sacramento Group was the first local chapter, the movement is now underway across the country". Sharon then talked about the importance of maintaining the NAPW personal profiles. She maintains and shares a database among the members for all local members with information from the profiles. She reviewed the procedures for using the search features on the website so people can contact other members with whatever criteria they wish -- but it only works if the profiles are kept up to date!

The Chapter will have guest speakers at the meetings. The guest speaker for this meeting was, Helena Fisk of the SBDC, she attended as a guest and hopes to be a member of the NAPW very soon. Julie Chubb of the Sacramento Children's Home also spoke, she spoke about the children they help, as well as the family services they offer in the community. She also spoke about their upcoming event in August called Lux for Life, she also told us she was just awarded the Chief Financial Officer of the Year award from the Sacramento Business Journal. She also spoke about her granddaughter who has cerebral palsy, and how that has inspired her to work hard for other families with cerebral palsy. The speaker in October will be member Ramona Herriford, who will talk about how to make the best choices during medical insurance open season.

For other members who may be interested in attending the Sacramento Chapter. Here are the NAPW members who attended along with some information about them: Michelle High of AAA Insurance, has been an agent for 27 years and has a passion to help people.

Elizabeth Norris, brand new attorney now looking for a legal firm. One of her primary interests is working with and for charity organizations. She runs and walks marathons for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, partly because she is a survivor herself. She just completed a marathon in Seattle for the Nike Women, and is planning a half marathon in October. Andrea Newhouse of Easter Seal, spoke about their warm water pool available to anyone with a doctor's prescription.

Marilyn Lane of Wrist Buddy Soft-Wear, spoke about forming her company after retiring from the State of California. She designed and markets a product worn on the wrist to reduce pain for computer users., June Azevedo of Azevedo Print and Design, talked about forming her company and becoming a print broker after closing a family business a year ago. Evelyn Margolin of Jockey Person to Person, spoke about how she enjoys helping women dress for success. She also mentioned how much she is enjoying the networking aspect of NAPW membership. Lucille Barnett of Nuskin Galvanic Spa, introduced herself and explained her company's anti-aging products.

Sara Lopez of SGL Enterprises, explained how she helps people start their own businesses with sweat equity versus traditional financing. Her passion lies in working for a cure for diabetes. She spoke of her involvement with several organizations, and about the upcoming walk to cure diabetes on 10/4/09, and an event on 7/26/09 to share diabetes awareness with the community.

Diana Cottam shared her plans for retirement from the State of California and her plans to work marketing her husband's business, Cliff Cottam Insurance Services. Marissa Eldreth of BizWiz Consulting & Marketing Solutions, introduced herself as another new NAPW member with extensive marketing and financial business support experience. Her passion is to help young women and children, and is working with a new Neighborhood Network called the Kids Breakfast Club. Kate Carroll of KC Designs Interiors, introduced herself as a brand new business owner and NAPW member. Helena Fisk of the SBDC, introduced herself and explained all the services that are offered by the SBDC. She was our very first speaker and has attended as a guest since. The SBDC hopes to have her as a member of the NAPW very soon. Shirl Whiteman of the Empire Pharmacy Group, spoke about the independent pharmacies that they represent. Evette Smith of Therapeutic Sports BodyWorks, explained that her personal and business lives are closely intertwined. She is a massage therapist, but has additional training in aromatherapy and other healing arts. Her focus and passion is to help people, and works as a volunteer at Windsor home in Elk Grove where the residents need someone to talk to and visit with them. Jennifer Bourn of Bourn Creative, specializes in helping business owners to turn their passion into a solid business that lets them live the life they envision. She is also on the board of the Downs Syndrome Information Alliance, with some events coming up. She is also the chairman of The Celebration of Hope, which will be held at IMax on Labor Day and of course President, Sharon Darrow of Travel ID Cards, spoke about her business and the products she markets, KidsTravelCards, AdultInfoCards, TeenTravelCards, and PetTravelCards. She also mentioned a charity event, the Great Dane Rescue walk to be held in Vacaville on 8/2/09.

Everyone had the opportunity to discuss themselves and their businesses. The last item on the agenda was a presentation by Shirl Whiteman about a special project she has been working on. She brought samples of Tote bags, which can be personalized with the NAPW logo, and information on the Sacramento Chapter. She presented the 2 samples as well as cost options and requested feedback from everyone on what they would prefer.

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